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Mar. 15th, 2008

Um, a question for all of you fellow LJ'ers that use the Diva Cup:

So I took it out for the first time... and it basically felt like I ripped out my entire vagina. It almost feels, now, like I violated myself with a pointy, unyeilding object. The hell did I do wrong?


So.

Much.

Pain.

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faetal
Mar. 15th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
um, did you break the suction before you removed it?
( I obviously dont have one currently, but I've read a bunch about them)

aubkabob
Mar. 15th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
i kept pinching and turning like the instructions said, but it didn't seem to help. Maybe I didn't push down on my abdominal muscles or turn sideways - either way - HOLY FUCKING OW.
faetal
Mar. 15th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
yeah, i think there's a bit of a noise that you can hear when you break the suction, or maybe not
I DO know that it sounds like there's a bit of a learning curve to them.

aubkabob
Mar. 18th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
After playing with it a bit - really gross and making thee most disgusting squelching noises, so I'm not sure how women can do this in a public bathroom - I was able to hear the magical "ding" saying that it had been breached.

I decided to go back to pads for the remainder of my period, as I was sick of trying to figure it out and my nonny feels way beyond butchered for now.
ignusfaatus
Mar. 15th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
punch that bowl all the way shut and ignore that stupid little tab, if you can pinch i with two fingers and a thumb all the better. Be sure you "bear down" pushing it out at the same time with your kegel muscles
aubkabob
Mar. 18th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
I shall have to mess with it a bit more next period, as I seem to have butchered the crap out of my area this time. Well, not REALLY, but it was super tender and stingy and i kept stabbing myself with my nails - which I find funny because I HAVE no nails.
vivapink
Mar. 15th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
You should join menstrual_cups (I think that's the name). There are tons of posts like this because it takes a few tries to get the hang of it. And like Faetal says, it sounds like you didn't break the suction. Ouchie cervix!!
aubkabob
Mar. 16th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Thanks soooo much for the link! I didn't know it existed. I didn't join, as there is WAY too many posts a day for me to handle, but ... I didn't realize there were different folds to use!! With the seven fold, I got it back in with zero problems whatsoever. I'm about to go to bed, so we'll see how well it comes back out for a dumping, but I feel so much more heartened towards my cup!
vivapink
Mar. 16th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Good, good, you should so totally feel heartened to that which collects your blood!
aubkabob
Mar. 16th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
And doesn't hurt the planet!
_ninja_fetus_
Mar. 15th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
try instead cups!
i love them
aubkabob
Mar. 18th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
After checking out the community posted above, I thought about checking out another cup, but eesh - I dropped $35 on this thing, so I want to do my best to make it work, yanno?
gautelen
Mar. 15th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about getting one, and I probably will, but I'm still traumatized by the thought of ripping going on anywhere there.
view_from_here
Mar. 16th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
I think I have the coat you're wearing in your icon!

gautelen
Mar. 22nd, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Awesome! Old Navy? I love it so much, it's not too thick, but I love the removable fuzziness and inside lining.

Are your ears stretched? I can't manage to break the 8g to 6g. Thrice and there's no emu in the world good enough to help.
view_from_here
Mar. 22nd, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
yes! it is old navy!

and indeed they are. 00g for the most part. 8 to 6 is really hard. I tend to play with my ears so it made all the transitions a lot easier. Tugging lightly and fiddling while I'm doing other stuff really helps!
aubkabob
Mar. 18th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
I think it's a novel idea and really hope that I can get mine to work well for me - especially after spending $35 on the thing. I stopped trying this period because my area is a bit beyond tender after trying to figure it out. I just HIGHLY recommend that you check out the community vivapink posted above - I went just on the instructions that came with it, which is where i went all wrong. There's so many techniques and such that you can use, that I guess it's really worth trying them all - all our 'ginas are different, afterall.
ignusfaatus
Mar. 15th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
you dont just rip it out. you squeeze the bowl of it. It will pop and spill the blood, releasing its suction cup like hold. Never mind that dumb little tab at the end.

Don't give up on it.
Once you get the hang of it, it is good for those days when you dont bleed a lot and an otherwide dryish tampon would hurt to remove.

just squish it up before you pull it out
aubkabob
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh how I learned my lesson! I finally gave up for the remainder of this period, but I'll try again next time. I just felt that I had caused too much torture already ;)
fuzzipoo
Mar. 15th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
like polanegri said- ignore that little freaking tab. i cut the entire tab off because it would poke me when i sat down! it's not necessary.

pinching the very bottom of the bowl usually doesn't break the suction. and turning it? eh, that's what i do to MAKE the seal!

this is way TMI, but i remove mine by putting my thumb up in my vagina between the cup and my frontal vaginal wall, pressing on the cup (I push it back toward my butt, if that makes sense), and then when i feel the seal break I kind of slide it out with my thumb and then grip it between my index and middle fingers and my thumb once it's partially out so it doesn't slide into the toilet. sounds gross and complicated, but it's not! i can usually get my thumb up past the lip of the cup and easily break the seal that way.

don't push the cup too far up. it sits very low, which makes removal pretty easy. you might want to practice taking it out when you're in the shower- it's less awkward and you don't have to worry about dropping it or making a mess.

don't give up! i think the "oh shit i ripped out my vagina" problem happens to everyone when they first try it. it WILL get easier, and fast.
aubkabob
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
I didn't have issues with it poking me until the second day, but then - OW.

I want to get used to using it before taking it out into public - I can't imagine making all those awful squelching noises in a public restroom stall!
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aubkabob
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
LOL, no, it's all sorts of inside, though not inside very far.
shannon_elaine
Mar. 16th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Sounds like you didn't break the seal first. Pinch the bottom of the cup just above the stem as you pull it down.
aubkabob
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
I tried that the first time and OH did it not work! I figured out that I just have to fiddle with it a lot... I'm sure that it will get better as time goes on...
macmanchad
Mar. 16th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
This now tops the list of all the reasons I wouldn't want a vagina.
operatic
Mar. 17th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Heh ;)
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aubkabob
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, excellent.

As always, you rock.
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